I thought this was a nice read. I'm usually one to try and predict upcoming events in books, but I was, for the most part, unable to do so with this oI thought this was a nice read. I'm usually one to try and predict upcoming events in books, but I was, for the most part, unable to do so with this one. Pretty woman enters the scene, so I think one thing, then certain events occur between her and the main character which causes me to believe something else. You don't stop asking why, also. (view spoiler)[ I also adjusted to the thought of forgiveness regarding infidelity in relationships. At first, I was pretty pissed off that Annie was considering returning to Wesley after he got too friendly with Daphne, and I knew instantly that that was going to be the direction in which the story would turn. After all, she had embraced the thought of independence, she had enjoyed it; she had been, the entire story, the wife of a grumpy husband in a worn-out relationship, an incredibly passionate, talented woman who just fell silent underneath the pressure of time, and it didn't make sense to me that she'd want to come back after wanting to break free. But she was, indeed, still in love with Wesley regardless, and so love triumphed. (hide spoiler)]
Probably what I liked the most, and it sounds minute, was the fact that Katharine Davis was crafting an easier way for us to explore French culture. For example, the way her characters would say something in French, and then repeat the statement in English. That's very, very helpful for those who are flimsy with the French language/worry that the entire book will consist of foreign phrases they won't comprehend. Added to the vocabulary. ...more
I found this hard to relate to. The bodies of some of these characters reminded me a bit of a Barbie Girl/plastic-y image. Almost every man has tannedI found this hard to relate to. The bodies of some of these characters reminded me a bit of a Barbie Girl/plastic-y image. Almost every man has tanned skin, a buff figure, a hard-set jawline, and the one lacking in these qualities is Justin, who's described as "frail."
Literally every food scene has something to do with low-carb/low-calorie/no sugar meals/snacks. The characters keep food logs, practically live at the gym, & feel guilty over the slightest cookie craving. Maybe for one who is heavily bent on a strict diet & plenty of exercise, this is completely normal, and that's fine, but it became a little irritating after a while.
BPJ stated that the relationship of Freddy and Justin is based on an actual [failed] relationship he had with Broadway star Jason Raize (known in the book as Justin). This next reason is *reallyyy* just my personal feelings, but it irked me that this was published in 2005, the year after Raize committed suicide. (view spoiler)[In the book, Justin (Raize) is ultimately recognized as the lost soul, another victim to drugs who is making Freddy's life so complicated that his backside is eventually sent back to New York. Justin is first illustrated as an artist, which is nice, then a loon, then a pain in the ass and a child. (hide spoiler)] Because BPJ admitted to their story [generally] representing his real relationship, you can't edit his honesty...but maybe, then, he shouldn't have publicized something as personal and upsetting as his dead ex's dysfunctions/breakdowns. It is just uncomfortable to read about one side of a crumbling relationship while the ex-partner is dead and unable to defend himself. I wonder what would have become of this book had Raize not died.
And, yes, I ran across quite a number of spelling/grammar errors. I definitely love BPJ as an LGBT rights activist, more power to him, but unfortunately, as an author of this particular book, I wasn't totally happy. I'm considering reading If the Rains Don't Cleanse, people have told me that was better... ...more
Great book. I read another one beforehand on the Andes Flight Disaster; that one explains the tragedy in a neutral sense (i.e. mainly discussed the haGreat book. I read another one beforehand on the Andes Flight Disaster; that one explains the tragedy in a neutral sense (i.e. mainly discussed the happenings on the mountain, very few emotive ties between characters and reader). That book was really an informative read. Here, there isn't just a recollection of events, but a first-person, survivor-to-reader kind of experience. There is more thought, more planning, more fear, more *emotion. Nando Parrado's bravery and strength shine all the way through, and while some may find his [occasional] brutal honesty to be a little overwhelming, it only helps bring the reader closer to truths that we work so hard to suppress: that human beings still possess a primal core, and as life ebbs away, desperation creates in us incredible drives to stay alive. This remains one of my favorite stories....more